There are 24 new cases of Covid-19 in the community, including three that were announced on Monday.
Of these cases, 18 are in Auckland and six in Waikato.
Seven of the cases are unlinked. All the unlinked cases are in Auckland.
An additional 48 cases are expected to emerge from existing clusters in coming days.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also announced Cabinet has confirmed vaccine passports will become available to New Zealanders next month.
People will be able to access their passport using their phone. They can also print it out.
Ardern said it will be necessary to enter large events like festivals.
Cabinet is still consulting on whether it’ll be required to enter hospitality venues.
People won’t need to show their vaccine passports to enter supermarkets or access essential health services.
Ardern confirmed there will be exemptions for people who can’t be vaccinated under limited circumstances.
She said the Government is still working through whether one will need to be fully vaccinated (having had two doses of the vaccine) or fully immunised (having waited at least two weeks after the second dose) to be given the all clear to enter large events.
Here is the latest from the Ministry of Health:
|Number of new community cases*||24 (including one historical)|
|Number of new cases identified at the border||Two (including one historical)|
|Location of new community cases||Auckland (18); Waikato (6)|
|Location of community cases (total)||Auckland (including four cases in Upper Hauraki; all of whom are in the same household) 1,355 (1,068 recovered); Waikato 8 (1 recovered); Upper Hauraki 1; Wellington 17 (all recovered)|
|Number of community cases (total)||1,381 (in the current community outbreak)|
|Cases infectious in the community||17 (59%) of yesterday’s 29 cases have exposure events|
|Cases in isolation throughout the period they were infectious||12 (41%) of yesterday’s 29 cases|
|Cases epidemiologically linked||17 of today’s 24 cases are linked.|
|Cases to be epidemiologically linked||7 of today’s 24 cases. Investigations are continuing to determine a link.|
|Cases epidemiologically linked (total)||1,341 (in the current cluster) (18 unlinked from the past fortnight).|
|Number of sub-clusters||15 epidemiologically linked subclusters. Of these, seven are active, one is contained and seven are dormant. There are 14 epidemiologically unlinked subclusters. Of these, five are active, one is contained and eight are dormant.|
|Cases in hospital||32 (total): North Shore (4) Middlemore (14); Auckland (13); Waikato (1)|
|Cases in ICU or HDU||Seven|
|Confirmed cases (total)||4,050 since pandemic began.|
|Historical cases, since 1 Jan 2021 (total) *||165 out of 2,234 since 1 Jan 2021|
|Number of open contacts being managed (total):||1,262|
|Percentage who have received an outbound call from contact tracers (to confirm testing and isolation requirements)||83%|
|Percentage with at least one test result||74%|
|Locations of interest|
|Locations of interest (total)||149 (as at 10am 5 October)|
|Number of tests (total)||3,465,057|
|Number of tests processed (total last 24 hours)||14,905|
|Number of tests taken in Auckland (last 24 hours)||12,595|
|Tests rolling average (last 7 days)||16,938|
|Testing centres in Auckland||22|
|Wastewater detections **||No unexpected detections in the next 24 hours|
|COVID-19 vaccine update|
|Vaccines administered to date (total)||5,402,732; 1st doses: 3,343,447 2nd doses: 2,059,285|
|Vaccines administered yesterday (total)||55,673; 1st doses: 14,846; 2nd doses: 40,827|
|Mâori||507,653 1st doses: 326,097 2nd doses: 181,556|
|Pacific Peoples||339,343; 1st doses: 210,788; 2nd doses: 128,555|
|Vaccines administered to Auckland residents to date (total)||1,971,837 1st doses: 1,211,175 (85%); 2nd doses: 760,662 (53%)|
|Vaccines administered to Auckland residents yesterday (total)||20,796; 1st doses: 4,916 2nd doses: 15,880|
|NZ COVID-19 tracer|
|Registered users (total)||3,273,120|
|Poster scans (total)||407,160,894|
|Manual diary entries (total)||17,595,104|
|Poster scans in 24 hours to midday yesterday||2,164,266|
Two of today’s cases have been deemed historical – one is a community case, and one is a border case.
As reported yesterday, wastewater sample collection has been arranged from locations within the Waikato and Manawatû-Whanganui regions. This includes Raglan, Huntly, Te Kauwhata, Ngaruawahia, Feilding, Hunterville, Tokoroa, Putaruru, Hamilton and Palmerston North. Results of these are expected over the coming days, however the timing of the results depends on various factors including the sample arrival times.
Testing in Waikato
Waikato DHB has confirmed additional testing capacity today at its testing sites around the region, as the teams there continue to see unprecedented demand.
More than 6,000 COVID-19 swabs taken from around the region on Monday are currently being processed.
Community testing centres were operating with extended hours today, with testing underway from 8am at the Hamilton sites. Pop-up sites were continuing today at Raglan and Huntly. All sites can be viewed on the DHB website, or at Healthpoint.
Limited exposure events in Waikato
Locations of Interest associated with Waikato sites will continue to be added to the Ministry of Health’s website as soon as possible.
Waikato DHB has not identified any locations of interest of significance in Hamilton at this stage. All potential exposure events have been direct interactions between individuals which have been followed up with directly.
The DHB has informed us that indications so far are that prior to receiving positive tests, the households affected had been following guidance on mask wearing and social distancing.
Auckland suburbs of interest
People with or without symptoms are asked to get tested if they live in any of the eight suburbs of interest.
The current suburbs of interest are:
· Clover Park
· Mount Wellington/Sylvia Park
· Red Beach
Red Beach is a new addition to the list. A pop-up community testing centre in Orewa at Victor Eaves Park, Enter via West Hoe Road will be open today from 2pm to 6pm and tomorrow from 8.30am to 5pm.
Naumi Hotel worker
Whole genome sequencing has linked the recent positive result in the worker at Naumi Hotel MIQ to two recent returnees, therefore this is classed as a border case. There is an ongoing investigation into potential in-facility transmission including reviewing CCTV footage. All staff at Naumi have been swabbed again, in addition to their regular workplace testing. All results have been negative. The worker is currently in the Jet Park quarantine facility.
Auckland-based truck driver
Whole genome sequencing for the Auckland based truck driver who drove to Palmerston North has been completed confirming the case is linked to one of the sub clusters in Auckland.